Trevor McBane Releases New Single, “Blame It On the Rain”

Trevor McBane, former American Idol contestant from Southeastern Oklahoma, released his latest single, “Blame It On the Rain” this morning (July 20), and it definitely showcases his talent.

The song begins with a resonating line that immediately introduces the idea of “blame it on the rain.” The sound bounces around for a moment as he sets up the tone before leading into the first verse. Paying homage to the small town stereotype of “fake faces” and the ever-present desire to “get out of this town,” the song encourages positivity even as the imagery remains dreary and gray.

The song continues with McBane’s low melodious voice staying soft as the song delves into deeper, more serious meanings. Desperation leaks into his vocals, and 2:10 marks the change with a new, pleading tone.

About forty-five seconds before the song ends, McBane’s voice becomes agitated and more desperate. He ends with the same reverberating sound from the beginning, like a brush of a gong with a muffled, cotton-swathed hammer.

The song is a perfect example of the talent that landed him a spot on American Idol and granted him compliments from several high-ranking musicians.

Check out Trevor McBane on all social media and music streaming sites, and make sure to listen to “Blame It On the Rain.” McBane will also be performing at the Vanguard in Tulsa with Guys on a Bus on July 27.

Kat Lock’s Debut EP, “You Again,” is the Hit of the Summer

Tomorrow, July 12, marks the release date for Kat Lock’s debut EP, You Again. Consisting of five songs, the EP is part one of two, with the second half set to release later this year. All of the songs were written in 2017 or earlier, so anyone who has been to one of her performances has probably heard at least one of them.

According to Lock, the concept is recognizing faults and attempts at self-growth. With hints of relationship drama and self-exploration, You Again is both powerfully emotional and a light listen. You don’t have to analyze the music to enjoy it or get the concept. There’s no flurry of instruments to back her up – just melodies that perfectly complement the strong vocals of Lock.

There were no specific influences, but she did mention that Jenny Lewis probably slipped in a little. (Quote: “She always does.”) She also wasn’t aiming for a specific genre; the EP is just her. Everything in it reflects a bit of her personality and thoughts – and it clearly comes across.

Each song is explained in Lock’s words below:

“Art: is about dating another songwriter.

Biggest Mistake: is an upbeat self sabotage bop. Sometimes you gotta do something stupid just to feel something.

Demitrius: was written for a friend that passed away a few years ago. (Guitar solo is played by Sam Wegryzynski of Ben Quad, formerly of St. Basic, forever my love.

Embarrassed: is that moment when you realize you’re over somebody and just how pathetic they actually are.

Someone Else’s Future (studio version): is an alternative version of the thematic song, one of the first songs I ever wrote! Helping myself get over someone by saying maybe it’ll work out in another life, cause I believe in stuff like that.”

“Biggest Mistake,” the single put out earlier this summer to give a taste of You Again, was actually not Lock’s favorite. In fact, she hated it. However, after reworking it, she eventually grew to love it; it was this tenacity that made her turn it into the summer bop it is.

The title, You Again, apparently comes from a line in “Someone Else’s Future” – “I’ll see you again in someone else’s future.” It stems from the feelings associated with certain people popping back up in life again and again.

Each song is well-written and personal. From start-to-finish, it is a beautiful record. When asked for final words on the EP, Lock claimed that “listening to this EP will clear your skin.”

So, you heard the lady; make sure you listen to You Again when it comes out tomorrow and check out Kat Lock on all social media and music streaming sites.

Join Kat Lock, One Two Ten, and Matt Jewett in celebrating the new music at 89th Street in OKC at 7 pm tomorrow, July 12, and make sure to listen to You Again.

Tulsa Mid-Year Update

We’ve made it halfway through 2019, and Tulsa’s wonderful musicians have been hard at work making this the year for the locals.

January

January 4 brought us Try Not to Panic, Pt. 2 by The Classless. The band celebrated with an EP release show that was hosted by We Are Tulsa Music Radio and included performances from All for More, AnchorWay, and Goodfella. For a more in depth review of the EP, check out Noah Estes’s review here.

February

This was a month for local music with several EPs and singles dropping one after another, including:

The band’s first full-length album was previewed at their New Year’s Eve release show, ringing in 2019 with one of the songs from the album. It was not released. however, until February 8. (For a full review, click here.) Goodnight launched the band on two tours and grabbed the attention of several other music publications – including SoundBite Magazine.

The Odyssey released their first EP on February 9 and celebrated with a packed show at the Vanguard. Stormcoming included “I Love You Back,” their 2018 single that recently hit 75k streams on Spotify. (For a full review, click here.)

Hoarseman and The Others Like Us teamed up to do a split EP. For Hoarseman, the songs included were a preview for his upcoming Annihilation. His part was officially available for streaming everywhere on February 9. Wasted Potential included original songs by The Others Like Us and were the first ones to officially stick after the band pulled Ironically, Self-Titled. The band had some difficulty with the release, however, and the songs weren’t available everywhere until February 12. (Check out what the two groups had to say about the EP here.)

CZR, formerly Caezar, gave us the best Valentine’s gift by putting out their single, “Why Can’t Love?” on February 14. The song is folksy and peace-on-earth as the group questions why love can’t “just be love.” CZR demands attention by creating a track to which you can’t help clapping along.

Rose Gold put out In Us We Trust on February 15 to the sheer delight of many. The songs off of this collection contained a vocalist screaming poetry over beautiful melodies. A combination of hardcore and punk, the music brought a large crowd to their release show in March with Carvist, Give Way, and You.th.

Spotless Mind’s second EP, released February 22, deviates from their original sound while diving headfirst into the pop punk scene that inspires them. The band celebrated A Matter of Opinion with a fun concert at Chimera that included All for More, AnchorWay, The Odyssey, and Tribesmen. (Click here for the EP review and here for the concert review.)

NeoRomantics had us feeling all sorts of emotions with their single on February 22. Their first release since Homecoming in May 2018, it was an exciting hint at more to come. Shortly after, they took to the road and have been touring off and on. (Read more about their single here.)

March

March ushered in the We Are Tulsa Music Awards (WATMA) where the people of Tulsa got to nominate and honor some of their favorite local musicians and bands. In spite of complaints about who wasn’t in attendance, the event ran smoothly – and the staff took the response in to consideration by opening up a forum for suggestions. Hopefully next year we’ll see some of the bands mentioned here win some awards.

April

April brought us Battle of the Bands. Hosted by high school students and benefiting the Food Bank, the event showcased the following artists:

  • All for More
  • Emma Rose
  • Theory of Procrastination
  • George.
  • Hoarseman and the Heard
  • Sam Lloyd
  • Spotless Mind
  • Timothy Deffebaugh
  • The Odyssey
  • Emrldboi

The winners were:
Best Band ((People’s Choice) – All for More
Best Band (Judge’s Choice) – Hoarseman and the Heard
Best Singer/Songwriter (People’s Choice) – George.
Best Singer/Songwriter (Judge’s Choice) – Emrldboi

April also brought several EP releases:

Lone Wild’s self-titled album came out on April 5 and had us all dancing without a care. The band hosted a celebratory concert at the Vanguard with Cavern Company and Brother Rabbit on the night of the album’s release. (Check out an in depth review of Lone Wild here.)

Max Spear’s EP debuted on April 12. A teenage singer/songwriter, Spears focuses mainly on branching out from just piano in his EP. The songs are as the title suggests – static waves forming love songs.

Golden One’s Hot Lunch was gifted to us on April 19. Their glamorous, dramatic rock EP was the glittery gift we never realized we needed – though the delivery took a little longer than anticipated on some platforms. Still, it was available on BandCamp awhile before everywhere else, and people listened with ferocity. Since then, the band has used the EP to propel themselves into several performances around the Tulsa area, with many more to come. (Read the full review of Hot Lunch here.)

Florence Rose brought us their self-titled EP on April 26. Two of the songs were released earlier as singles (“Growing Pains” and “No Woman”), but the rest were just as iconic. The debut EP landed all sorts of acclaim and prompted the band to add their first Tulsa performance in months. (Check out what they had to say about their music here.)

May

Last month was perhaps the busiest of the year. Everyone opted for celebrating the start of summer with EPs and singles and concerts, and it made for a fun period.

A taste of Annihilation was spoon fed to us back in February, but Hoarseman threw the rest on May 10 with the full collection. The songs were proof that the win at Battle of the Bands was no fluke; each song was skillfully done in the same flair as the performance in April. (Read the review here and the interview here.)

Not long after their first EP hit all music sites, The Odyssey put out “Lately” on May 11. The song, a personal favorite, made serious strides at becoming the summer song as fans of the band devoured it. (Check out what they had to say about it here.)

CZR’s second released song came to us on May 17. “I See Stars” is much more complex than “Why Can’t Love?” The duo deviates from the folksy sound in favor of a slightly heavier pop one. Still, the track is just as catchy as their earlier one and shows something of a range for the group.

Kinda Collective surprised everyone with a debut single on May 26, the day of their first headlining concert Vanguard. The song, “Nicholas Sparks,” is the epitome of a teenage love song. Sweet and fluffy, the song is perfect for hot summer days when all you need is something light to keep you cool and relaxed.

The Others Like Us showed their tenacity by releasing three more songs so soon after Wasted Potential on May 31. Keeping with themes of depression, each song is filled with emotions – perfect for any summertime blues. The song titles are basically just a slew of pop culture references that hint at the dark humor in the music.

May 31 also brought a remix of Overnight‘s “Plate Tectonics” by When the Clock Strikes (remixed by FutureGhost). The new version was skillfully done and somehow made us love the song (and the band) even more.

June

June 28 brought the first music All for More has put out since September 2018. Still riding the high from winning the Pop Evil cover contest in January that allowed them to open at the Diamond Ballroom in OKC and landing People’s Choice at Battle of the Bands, the group infuses their confidence into “Stay Faded.” The song demonstrates the skill and talent it took to accomplish the formerly mentioned accolades while also vocally acknowledging their desire to stay humble – or, “faded.”

The first half of 2019 has been wonderful in terms of Tulsa music, and we’re very excited for what the rest of the year will bring. That being said, if you feel we’ve missed someone or just want your band featured on our site, let us know in the comments below, or email us at starcatchermagazine@gmail.com.

Golden Ones Attempt to Revive Rock ‘N’ Roll with “Hot Lunch”

Golden Ones, a rock band from Tulsa, released their debut EP, Hot Lunch, on Bandcamp earlier this year (April 19th) and it’s definitely one for the books.

The EP is electrifying; pure rock combined with punk attitude make for an invigorating listen from start to finish. It’s familiar in that their influences are recognizable (elements from David Bowie, Alice Cooper, etc. are very much evident in the songs), yet every bit of it is refreshingly original and new.

This EP isn’t for picking apart. There are no meanings to piece together and decipher. Everything is fairly straightforward. Instead of toying with elaborate metaphors, layered melodies, and clean vocals, the band implements clashes and growls and rebellious behavior – everything that can be found in a classic rock song.

For Golden Ones, it’s all about how the music makes you feel; surface deep lyrics that give Sarah Dickenson an excuse to show off her powerful and wailing voice find themselves unable to measure up to the electric instrumentals. Instead, the music rains down on the listener, a wave that refuses to be denied; and yet, upon its abrupt departure, it leaves the listener gasping for more with parched ears.

Each song is pure rock’n’roll. There’s a flair to the grinding and growling of the instruments, a hint of drama mixed in the melodies, that brings out the rebel in the artists. From grizzly discussion of the underbelly of glamorous rock in the opening track, “Cycle,” to the glitzy love song that is “Ain’t Nothin’ Better,” the collection relates to every aspect of a dream rock star life.

The EP consists of five songs. The band released one of them, “Ain’t Nothin’ Better,” earlier in the year as a single to give us a taste of their chosen sound. The five are all that the band has released as of yet since their conception in 2017. However, despite their shallow catalog, the band admitted in an interview with Preview 918 that they have a decent arsenal at their disposal but were choosing to work on live shows while slowly releasing a couple of singles before actually recording new music.

Golden Ones will be playing tonight, June 14th, at Soul City in Tulsa at 9 pm. Check them out on all social media and music streaming sites and make sure to listen to Hot Lunch.

The Sweet Talkers Break Out with “Electric Affair”

Oklahoma City band The Sweet Talkers released their debut EP, Electric Affair, today, May 31st. It was recorded with Johnny Manchild, who will be making an appearance to play keys for one of the songs at their next performance. The band describes themselves as Alt-Rock and New Wave with influences from The Killers, New Order, and Joy Division.

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